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Check out our top maintenance tips for mechanical and fluid power systems, with this interactive guide.
Belts & Pulleys
Problems with bearings and possible solutions
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Test for hot spots
Monitor areas you suspect of wearing to see how bad it is using thermal imaging; then you can intervene when it's necessary.
How to avoid damaging bearings when fitting them?
This portable induction heater from SKF can heat up and expand roller bearings so that you can install them on a shaft with ease, to help avoid premature failure.
Bearing failure can be predicted by condition-based vibration monitoring which monitors the bearings health and reliability. Maintenance then takes place when there are signs of a decrease in performance or upcoming failure.
Make repeatable, severity-scaled readings of overall vibration and bearing condition before a failure occurs with this portable vibration tester.
How to ensure the correct removal of bearings with minimal damage to the shaft?
Reduce the risk of damage to ring, shaft, housing and bearings with SKF bearing pullers.
BELTS & PULLEYS
Problems with belts and pulleys and possible solutions
How can I best record belt tension settings?
Maintain key information locally to where it is needed with these labels which adhere to walls, belt guards, or other flat surface.
Poorly aligned drive belts or pulleys can significantly contribute to noise, vibration and wear leading to premature bearing failure and costly machine downtime. Avoid this by using a laser guided belt alignment tool.
How to ensure I get the correct replacement belt?
Use this gauge to identify the correct profile of a timing belt (e.g. tooth size) to order a replacement.
Is there a low cost way to check belt tension to ensure efficient performance?
Optibelt tension gauges can be used for installation and maintenance tensioning of a belt, when the important technical data is unavailable and the optimum tension cannot be calculated.
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Loose or poorly tensioned drive or timing belts can cause premature failures; check tension with a digital acoustic tension tester.
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Problems with hydraulics and possible solutions
Hydraulic oil quality
Contaminated or condensation compromised hydraulic oil can shorten the life of components - use oil analysis to assess oil condition and make informed decisions.
Gearbox oil analysis
Gearbox failures can be caused by excessive wear. We offer oil, grease and debris analysis that alerts you to potential issues before they become failures.
I'm struggling with manual lubrication of machinery. What can I do?
System 24 is designed to automatically supply a small quantity of clean grease or oil to a lubrication point on a regular basis, thus improving bearing performance, machine reliability and optimises maintenance operations.
Which grease should I use?
Mixing greases can cause problems, with the different components reacting with each other; read our handy guide to ensure you use the right grease for your application.
We can perform detailed surveys on your rotating mechanical equipment, to confirm the correct lubricant for the job and a best practise lubrication schedule to follow.
Problems with lubrication and possible solutions
Self-serve oil analysis in a box
Gearbox failures can be caused by excessive wear due to oil degradation. This self-serve oil sampling kit allows you to access accredited laboratory analysis of oil quality and contamination at your convenience.
Problems with vibration and possible solutions
Too much vibration
Vibration can accelerate wear and cause failures; fitting anti-vibration mounts can help dampen vibrations increasing uptime.
Over time fasteners can work loose due to vibrations, use thread lock to ensure this doesn't happen.
Problems with pneumatics and possible solutions
Bring down the pressure
Reducing air pressure can save energy - and therefore cost - and extend component life. Fit additional pressure regulators to allow on-machine adjustment for optimum performance.
Leaks in air supplies
Air leaks in pneumatic systems can account for 20% of the systems energy cost and cause unforeseen breakdowns - check for air leaks regularly with leak detection spray and fix any you find.
Pneumatic air quality
Poor quality, contaminated or under-lubricated air can drastically reduce the operational life of pneumatic actuators. Filter and lubricate air systems correctly to maximise component life.
Ultrasonic leak detection
Find air leaks using ultrasonics, which can also work on unpressurized or low pressure systems where the leak can be harder to find.
Out of the box condition monitoring
The Amazon Monitron is easy to setup and uses machine learning to detect abnormal conditions in industrial equipment and enable predictive maintenance, helping to reduce downtime.
Not sure where to start with CBM?
We can help you improve planned maintenance, predict issues, and prevent unnecessary outages with a comprehensive range of condition based monitoring systems from RS Maintenance Solutions.
How to easily monitor machine vibration for screening and analysis?
The portable SKF QuickCollect sensor combines vibration and temperature sensing. Data can be viewed on the spot in real time or pushed to the cloud for future analysis.